StudentsReview :: The University of Texas - El Paso - Comments and Student Experiences
Search for Schools by Region

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
Arizona State University -- Tempe, AZ
Southwest Texas State University -- San Marcos, TX
Texas A&M University at College Station -- College Station, TX

  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.

The University of Texas - El Paso

There are 5 Comments


Sort By: [Date] [Major] [Rating]

Select Comments:

Positive Negative Neutral Advice
If you want aQuite BrightPhilosophy
If you want a real challenge or a "party" atmosphere, look elsewhere. UTEP is essentially a commuter campus and the work isn't very difficult. But, it is a bargain and the low cost of living in El Paso is attractive.
5th Year Male -- Class 2014
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Social Life: D
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
My undergraduate career at UTEP started poorly, IAverageHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
My undergraduate career at UTEP started poorly, I was lost in very large classes, and many of the students were decidely snobbish and unfriendly. I eventually discovered that if I sought out small courses, and took more care in choosing more challenging professors who had less tolerance for bad behavior, things got much better. If you care about your education, avoid the 200-300 student classes. Later evening classes also tend to have much more mature students.

There are activities and things to do on campus, but you have to work to get social activities going on campus. It is not like other campuses, where one can easily find something to do nearly all the time.

If you go to UTEP, you just have to deal with the fact that it is on the Mexican border, and if you are not Mexican or Mexican American you will feel like part of a minority (even some Hispanic students find this a little overwhelming!). Then again, the "Hispanic" student body at UTEP is diverse, and includes privileged fresas from Juarez, but more serious Mexican students - especially in science and engineering who are often solid students, Chicanos from the barrio who are first generation college students (maybe even first generation high school graduates), and middle class Hispanics who really do not speak Spanish or identify much with Mexican culture at all. If you are willing to embrace the border culture of UTEP, you'll find that when you graduate, you will be able to make the case that you can thrive in a unique cultural environment and work in a globalized world. Graduate school is really a different experience. You will find that you make more friends and will participate much more in campus events. In fact, some people fail in graduate school because they are unable to commit enough time and energy to being an active graduate student.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Preparedness: B Reputation: C
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
UTEP does not offer a single experience.Quite Bright
UTEP does not offer a single experience. There are positives and negatives.
Negatives: large freshman classes.
Open admissions. Many freshmen are unprepared and apathetic.
Attitude. Many students seem to think college is a fashion show. Campus is full of kids thinking they are hot **** with their Hollister and Aeropostale Outlet Mall outfits. A lot of these students show up to classes with a high school attitude, they talk and text the whole time.

Positives: Once you get past the freshman level, and into upper division courses in your major or minor, most of the immature students are weeded out or have grown up a bit.

Faculty are generally welcoming or helpful, but this varies widely by department.Some people may be put off by the lack of social activity, but if you want to focus on learning, those distractions are gone.

4th Year Female -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A, Social Life: C-
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Compare UTEP/UTexas-El PasoSave UTEP/UTexas-El Paso

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
Ah, college. Considered by many to be the time of a young person's lif... more→
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college tuition an... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
My name is Esteban Correa. I am currently a second year INTERNATIONAL ... more→
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→